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Comment: Re:HP Microserver (Score 2) 355

by fingon (#38494016) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Kit For a Home Media Server?

I really recommend ZFS for that - RAID5 is inferior to RAIDZ, not to even mention RAIDZ2 (allows for blowing up two disks). Also has built-in scrubbing functionality and metric ton of other nice features.

If I was storing that amount of data, I'd just throw say, ~16 2TB drives at it, make 2 RAIDZ2 pools out of it (thus, 6 out of 8 drives in each actually used for storage, two for parity ), and have 24TB of capacity, out of which 2 drives could blow/get corrupted and still no problems, and in best case it would even survive explosion of 4 drives ;)

Comment: Re:Mac mini or apple Tv (Score 1) 355

by fingon (#38493996) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Kit For a Home Media Server?

Heh, sounds like lot of work. Working as a reasonably well paid consultant, I don't really want to do much hacking on my free time, but I wanted a quiet setup as well.

My approach: Mac Mini + SSD main machine.
Secondary storage: FreeBSD ZFS + RAIDZ2 (SSD cache drive + couple of spinning disks) NAS for video + backups of Mini.

As I don't deal with video much, NAS is mostly turned off, and all I need is one WOL packet to fire it up and mount on the Mini as needed. Win-win.

(Ok, other hardware in the house like gaming PC, laptop, etc also can access NAS as needed ..)

Comment: Populist nonsense (Score 2, Informative) 591

by fingon (#35880742) Attached to: Apple Logging Locations of All iPhone Users

The file contains only unique wifi spots seen over time period, each once. In my case, that is 12k different wifi basestations, but any repeated travel is unlikely to see those points again..

mini ~/temp/x/library/caches/locationd>sqlite3 consolidated.db 'select * from WifiLocation' | wc
      11907 23814 257383
mini ~/temp/x/library/caches/locationd>sqlite3 consolidated.db 'select * from WifiLocation' | cut -d '|' -f 1 | sort | uniq -c | egrep -v ' 1 '
mini ~/temp/x/library/caches/locationd>

Nothing to see here, move on..


The Struggle For Private Game Servers 125

Posted by Soulskill
from the let's-make-onyxia-fight-ragnaros dept.
A story at the BBC takes a look at the use of private game servers for games that tend not to allow them. While most gamers are happy to let companies like Blizzard and NCSoft administer the servers that host their MMORPGs, others want different rules, a cheaper way to play, or the technical challenge of setting up their own. A South African player called Hendrick put up his own WoW server because the game "wasn't available in the country at the time." A 21-year-old Swede created a server called Epilogue, which "had strict codes of conduct and rules, as well as a high degree of customized content (such as new currency, methods of earning experience, the ability to construct buildings and hire non-player characters, plus 'permanent' player death) unavailable in the retail version of the game." The game companies make an effort to quash these servers when they can, though it's frequently more trouble that it's worth. An NCSoft representative referenced the "growing menace" of IP theft, and a Blizzard spokesperson said,"We also have a responsibility to our players to ensure the integrity and reliability of their World of Warcraft gaming experience and that responsibility compels us to protect our rights."

Things are not as simple as they seems at first. - Edward Thorp